World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day Quick Facts - CA

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2022 DateNovember 17, 2022
2023 DateNovember 17, 2023
World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day History

World Prematurity Day seeks to raise awareness about premature birth and the complications that can occur. A premature baby is one who is born too early, usually before 37 weeks. Premature birth can lead to health problems during development including physical and mental disabilities.

World Prematurity Day was founded in 2010 by several organizations: March of Dimes, LittleBigSouls, the National Preemie Foundation, and the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI). It is observed annually on November 17th.

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World Prematurity Day Facts

  • 1 in 10 babies are born premature every year according to the World Health Organization.
  • Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 according to the WHO.
  • Premature births can occur for a variety of reasons. They can be caused by multiple pregnancies, advanced maternal age, infections and conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or genetic influence. Some can occur spontaneously and for unknown reasons.

World Prematurity Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Purple is the official color of World Prematurity Day. Wear a purple ribbon pin as a sign of solidarity.
  • Raise awareness on social media by using the tags #PrematurityAwarenessMonth and #WorldPrematurityDay on your social media
  • Learn more about prematurity at World Prematurity Day Factsheet.

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